October 12, 2013 Subject:
Talented performers let down by poor script and mixed direction
Nevertheless, I found it to be moderately enjoyable. The upload is of pretty good quality, but the print itself is somewhat damaged and incomplete. It does contain an interesting opening and closing logo for a television content distributor.
May 9, 2009 Subject:
And I had such high hopes for viewing a spectacular musical
I agree with the two reviewers below; this movie is pretty much a mess. However, there were some good points. The scenery is wonderful, and I actually liked most of the actors. The girl with the lead role ('Marian' was her name I think?) has a great voice. The music is, well, OK I guess. There were one or two good songs near the beginning, but it's downhill from there. The script is worse than the music; what were they thinking? The first 15 minutes or so are good, but then it just slowly gets worse and worse. And this ending is one of the worst endings ever.
I advise skipping this one. If you're looking for a great musical to watch, try 'Doll Face'; you'll find it here in the archives.
December 23, 2005 Subject:
out the door
It takes a while to get where it's going and when it gets there it isn't anywhere. The way many of these things happen is something is a success and the wiseguys figure "I can do that too", In this case the original was called "ShowBoat." God bless the audience for they know a decent tune when they hear it.
A lot of talent though, the girl could hit the notes,Did not care for the "Will she/won't she?" plot. Even were the thing redone as a surrealistic piffle w/ better tunes (eg mine). such an ending destroys the entire mood of the piece. It makes you forget everything else. dumb dumb dumb but then- did I mention the girl could sing?
June 7, 2005 Subject:
Operatic Insanity Puts On A Show
When Nat Levine, head of Mascot Pictures merged all his resources (studio, staff etc.) with Herbert J. Yates of Consolidated Film Labs and W.L. Johnson and Trem Carr's Monogram Pictures among others to form Republic Pictures in 1935, he had hoped to be able to produce "quality" "A" pictures far removed from the Westerns, Mysteries, and Adventure "B"'s and Serials he was noted for. Those pictures were making a lot of money for the new studio and Yates allowed some of these big budget pictures to be made, argueably only to force Nat Levine out of the studio altogether and consolidate his (Yates) position.
This is a big budget picture. Lavish by any measure and screaming for Technicolor, but in Black and White. I doubt that it ever made back its negative cost. It's a badly written Jeanette McDonald - Nelson Eddy type vehicle (5 writers), badly cast, badly acted Musical Comedy?/Melodrama.
Marion Talley's only film.(fabulous voice, no acting ability) The sound and the music fully utilized the new Republic sound dept. The costumes were lavish, as were the choral and orchestral work. Other-wise it's a mess!
Basically, I have always been a Nat Levine fan, but this was just another brick in the wall for him at Republic, sorry to say.